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INTRODUCTORY   EStiAY.                                  03
his own manuscripts, and to publish what he so often men-
tions to be the great ultimatum of his labours, an accurate
and philosophical Flora Indies. For such a task he had no
rival, and he justly appreciated, in common tvith all botanists,
the paramount importance of such a work, (already far too
long delayed, considering the present state of the science,) not
only as being absolutely necessary to ensure further sound
progress, but as the only means of checking that hasty publi-
cation of Indian plants from imperfect materials, which has
now thrown the Indian Flora into so great confusion.
5. The Parisian Herbarium at the Jardin dc Plantcs pos-
sesses the valuable collections of the indefatigable Jacquc-
mont, whose premature death deprived botany of an ardent
and enlightened votary, whose labours would have done much
to advance the science. M. Jacqucmont's collections were
made partly iu the Gangctic plain, but mainly in the north-
west Himalaya, a great part of which was first explored by
him. He entered the mountains'at Massitri, and explored
Garhwal and Sirmur, and ascended the Satlcj into Kanawer
and the Tibetan province of Piti. Returning thence to the
plains, he visited Lahore and the Salt-range of the western
Punjab, and travelled by Jelam and Bhimbav to Kashmir. In
this (at that time) unexplored province of the Himalaya he
sport a whole summer, and accumulated rich collections.
Leaving the mountains, he travelled through Delhi, Ajniir,
and Nimach, across Malwali to Bombay, whence lie wont to
Punah, on the eastern slope of the range of the Ghats, and
there sxiccumbccl under repeated attacks of liver-complaint,
brought cm by hardship and reckless exposure in the pursuit
of his favourite science.
The journals of Jaequemout, which were published by the
IVeuch Government, bear ample testimony to his great bo-
•tanical attainments. He was evidently deeply impressed with
the importance of careful observations in geographical botany,
and noted witli the utmost care the localities of his plants.
Had ho lived to work out the result of \ii$ own labours, Mi-